In early December we joined Costco. I had considered doing it for a long time but wasn't sure whether it would be a good fit for what we eat and whether it would really save us money. I wanted to look around first but didn't realize that I could do that without being a guest of another member until I finally just called and found out that I could sign in as a guest. Once I went in and looked around, I signed up.
I have to say--we love that place! When I was pregnant the year before last, one of our major "baby on the way" purchases was a second freezer for our basement. This has enabled us to really take advantage of Costco and stocking up on things in larger quantities (as well as doing more freezer cooking, but that's another post!) I am pretty selective about the food we buy, and I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of some of the prepared food there and the availability of certain natural and organic items.
Especially since adding a second child to the family, it's been a process for me to let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies and face reality about certain things--for example, that I can't humanly cook every single meal and food item from scratch and have everything be healthy, organic, humanely raised, local, delicious, natural, affordable, quickly prepared, and pleasing to every member of the family. It has been liberating to be able to be honest with myself and just realize that it's better to take a few shortcuts sometimes to make cooking at home more feasible, even when things don't go perfectly or according to plan. There are a few nice frozen or prepared items at Costco that we've been enjoying for that purpose.
There are still things I don't/won't buy or eat, but I am happy to be able to be a little more relaxed about some things but still maintain some reasonable standards. And it's fun to discover new and different things sometimes too and get some little treats! :-)